Team India seem to be the favourites in the match against New Zealand in World Cup 2019 on Thursday at Nottingham. Of course, the absence of Shikhar Dhawan who was injured in the clash with Australia and made to take rest for at least a fortnight raised the question who will be the opener instead of Dhawan.
Whoever replaces the left-handed opening batsman at the top of the order will be put through a stern test against a formidable New Zealand seam attack. KL Rahul is likely to be Rohit Sharma's opening partner for India's third game in World Cup 2019 and the duo will look to provide a solid start for the middle order to cash-in later.
India have started their campaign with strong performances against South Africa and Australia. Dhawan, who failed to get off the blocks in the warm-ups, came roaring back into the form against Australia with a match-winning inning of 117.
India’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar has confirmed to the media that Rishabh Pant had indeed been called in as Dhawan’s cover and that Pant will join the squad in time for the Pakistan match in Manchester this weekend.
New Zealand's fast bowler Lockie Ferguson is rearing to go on a track that provides assistance to the bowlers. "West Indies have shown that there's some extra bounce available at Trent Bridge and that can cause trouble. I am looking forward to the challenge as I like Trent Bridge as a ground," Ferguson was quoted as saying by the media.
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell (wk).